I am an author, illustrator, storyteller, and librarian. My passion is writing stories for children. I like to read, travel, and talk about stories. As a kid in Bexley, Ohio, I liked to write and draw. I also swam, danced, rode horses, played with my dog, and tried to raise striped mice. (It didn't work.)
While the Head of Children's Services in Anchorage, Alaska, I was inspired to write my first book, Don't Shoot. For my second book, Once Upon a Felt Board, I put together a collection of my felt board stories that I enjoyed telling. While living in Oklahoma, I learned to fly and became interested in women pilots. Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindbergh fascinated me, so I wrote biographies about them. I enjoyed writing these biographies because my history books often overlooked the exciting things that women did.
As the Regional Children's Librarian at Wheaton Library in Maryland, I told stories and taught others how to put together story programs. I wrote Felt Board Story Times to help teachers and librarians save time planning theme-related story times, circle times, or week-long units. I also worked at the Pioneer Library System in New York as the Youth Services Consultant.